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Equality means for everyone.
Who needs a tip calculator app? You’ve got Siri!
For those of us who are horrible at math, Siri is awesome for doing quick calculations in a pinch. You just have to know how to ask!
For tips, just ask: “How much should I tip on a bill for ___ dollars and ___ cents?”
Or if you’re looking for the most efficient use of cash for your tip:
“What is 20% of ____ dollars and ____ cents?”
And there you go! You’re now officially a better tipper than this guy.
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iOS: Trolling with Shortcuts.
Messing with your friend’s phone when they go to the bathroom or out for a smoke at a bar is kind of a douche move. That said, since cell phones hit the mainstream I have been known to enjoy such activities. At first I began changing the language. Then, when picture phones hit I began changing the background to pictures of my face and other various things. The iPhone, however, has revolutionized the way I troll my unsuspecting friends.
I know. I’m that guy.
On iOS, there is a feature called “shortcuts” that allows you to use your iPhone’s famously annoying autocorrect feature for good rather than evil. By default, there is only one shortcut. “omw” is set to autocorrects to “On my way!”. A godsend for lazy texters. Not a godsend for anyone that leaves their cell phone unattended near me after I’ve had a few drinks. Here are a few examples of how to completely abuse the shortcuts feature on your poor friend’s iPhone…
First, you’ll need to open the settings app. Then, choose General > Keyboard > Shortcuts and tap “add shortcut”. Now add these:
So, how can you protect yourself from this kind of nasty prank? Glad you asked. Nobody wants anyone messing with their work phone. Especially your boss. Here’s where you can lock your iPhone down so you can leave it with even your least trustworthy friends…
1) In the Settings app, choose General, then Passcode Lock.
2) Tap “Turn passcode on”
3) enter your 4 digit passcode twice. Your device will now require that 4 digit passcode before it can be unlocked.
But that passcode might not be enough. Especially if you’ve got really sensitive info on your phone. Take a step further:
On that same Passcode Lock screen, turn off the switch that says “Simple Passcode”. You’ll now be prompted to enter your 4 digit passcode. Then finally you’ll be asked for your new alphanumeric passcode. We advise against nicknames or anything obvious like that.
There you go! Now all you have to do is stop leaving your phone unattended. That’s how bad things happen after all…
In iOS 6, Apple introduced a feature that allows you to decline a phone call with a text message. What a novel idea! All you do is slide your finger up the right side of the screen and choose “reply with message”
The only gripe I had with this feature is that there were only three message choices available and an option to type out your own. It wasn’t until recently that I found out you can customize your three choices. Here’s how you do it:
1) Open the settings app and scroll down to tap the “Phone” section.
2) Tap the “Reply with message” section.
3) Edit your choices. Simple enough!
Go ahead and try it!
To access Spotlight click on the magnifying glass at the upper right corner, or used the key command ⌘ + Space (command + space bar). Then, enter in your equation. You can already see that it’s figuring it out for you. If you press the Return key, it’ll open it up in Calculator.app.
What’s your bank password? JK, don’t tell us!…but, really. Check it out here.
Hopefully, yours took longer to hack than a few days.
These days, passwords are one of our most common methods of authentication in our online presence. Unfortunately, they are also one of the most simple things to be hacked, leaving a HUGE opportunity for evil dark side to have access not only to your Pinterest, but also to your bank account. Yikes!
So how can you make your password better?
A strong password:
For example, say your password is “password”. This can be hacked instantly! What can you do to make it better? Well, the first thing would not have it be password, but you can also add some capital letters and special characters. Something like “!!$$@Pw3rd!!” would take about 344 thousand years to crack. Now THAT is a strong password! Believe it or not, long passwords in plain english are strong as well. Maybe it’s a line from your favorite movie like “besuretodrinkyourovaltine”. That one would take a desktop PC a sextillion years to crack.
Looking for more info about password security? Click on over to our Ask page and fire away!